Ice Age Animals

Project Specimen 5-10

“Project: Specimen” is a group of creations that was produced out of seemingly useless fragments of mammoth tusk. Each of the artworks turned out to be quite a very unique experience as it had never been like as getting a piece of mammoth ivory and “removing all the extras.” Each project was living and evolving on its own, like it wasn’t just a process of carving but a way of constant discoveries of something new and different than the original thought. Several times I had to alter my original idea, but the results were amazing.

“Project Specimen N5”

This is one of several artworks where several tusk fragments were combined together. The long part is hollow inside, it is only bark that was no thicker than 3mm. The second piece was in great shape and proportion to carve a saber-tooth cat. The entire composition is over 12 inches (310 mm) and 4 inches (100 mm) wide. This carving is SOLD but if you are interested, I can carve a similar carving for you.

“Project Specimen N6”

This is another broken-off fragment of the tusk and, yet, another very interesting example of how such seemingly not very inspirational piece can be turned into something so beautiful. With this piece I decide to take my chances and carve a single image of the mammoth as deep as possible. This way it looks like the animal is stepping from some kind of deep cave, not even a stone cave but more like it steps to us from the depths of time. The artwork is suspending from two brass rods, this way all the attention is going to the carving. When on base, it proudly stands 10-3/4 inches tall (272 mm) with the diameter of the tusk being 3 inches (75 mm).
This carving is SOLD but if you are interested, I can carve a similar carving for you.

“Project Specimen N7”

Here is another project that is combination of two pieces. One is a fragment of the small tusk that probably belonged to a young mammoth, the second piece is just a small piece of “bark ivory”, it is only 2. by 2.5 inches (50×63 mm). The addition of the carving to the fragment of the tusk had made this composition more balanced and the baby looks so cute. The carving part has some distance between itself and tusk fragment, both pieces are connected by the thin brass rods. The entire artwork is not so small, it stands 11 inches (280 mm) tall.

THE CARVING IS AVALIABLE FOR SALE, PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR THE PRICE AND SHIPPING INFO.

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“Project Specimen N8”

A very elegant carving with mother and cub . It looks deep and some features of adult animal and baby are carved around but the material is quite thin. It is a flaked-off piece of once a very big tusk. Even that the piece is 4.25 inches (105 mm) wide and 4.5 inches (112 mm) tall, it’s thickness is only 3/8 inches (7 mm) at the thickest . Because of such thickness, carving this loving scene turned out to be a challenge. There should be a good feeling of the depth, each character should stand-out and be quite propor-tionate. And when it came to base, it should be different than other bases. I wanted the carving to be elevated and I wanted the base to compliment the carving. It has become an art piece on it’s own. Such design is quite new but it brings-up the carving well.

THE CARVING IS AVALIABLE FOR SALE, PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR THE PRICE AND SHIPPING INFO.

“Project Specimen N9”

A quite tall and impressive project that is also a combination of two pieces. The taller piece is a tusk fragment that is over 12 inches (300 mm) long and approximately 2.5 inches (65 mm) wide. It is half-round in shape and gives us a good idea how the complete tusk could look like. It was, definitely, long and slender and belonged to a female mammoth, maybe caring mother like one on the carving.
I also have found a piece of the “bark ivory” that wasn’t big enough to take attention from the tusk part, it had just s right size; 5 by 2 inches (125 by 50mm) and comparable darker colors that were creating a good contrast. For the carving design I have chosen a very gently scene where mother and cub are hugging each out with theirs trunks. As before, I’ve got curious how deep I can go and how closer to free-standing design both animals can be. The result has turned out quite good where front of the animals totally stands out but their backs are blending into background.
Both pieces are connected together by the brass rods and placed on the beautiful walnut base. The entire high of the sculpture is 15.5 inches (394 mm) tall.

This carving is SOLD but if you are interested, I can carve a similar carving for you.


Big Walking Mammoth

Sometimes I get a really good and massive piece of mammoth tusk and it is calling to carve a free-standing mammoth. This is totally new design of a woolly mammoth that roamed the Earth thousands of years ago. The figurine is anatomically precise and shows a lot of detail, such as thin hair, skin folds and toes. The overall quality is extremely high, and the figurine looks awesome. It features huge tusks that were the pride of woolly mammoths.
I rarely have pleasure to work with such nice material. This particular mammoth has no base, but it would be easy to add one. The figurine itself measures about 5. inches long from the tips of the tusks to the farthest foot (or 127 mm) and 3.5 inches tall (88 mm).
This mammoth ivory artwork is SOLD. This wonderful piece of art was sold almost instantly. If you like, I can carve one for you, size may be different, depending on material available. I will ship anywhere in the world where mammoth ivory is legal.
P.S I just started to carve another one. Please contact me if you want to reserve it.

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Saber tooth cat

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This time I decided to carve a free-standing sabertooth cat. Ice age animals keep to fascinate me and sabertooth cat is very beautiful and powerful animal that is truly representative of Ice Age, almost of the same importance as the Wholly Mammoth.

What I like about this statuette that it is very dynamic. The cat is moving, the muscles are bulging, it’s mouth is growling. Something dramatic is about to happen.

To create this piece of art I used a very fine piece of fossil walrus ivory with different kinds of coloration. You can even see some traces of blue. Eyes, teeth, mouth, all carved with great detail. Fossil walrus ivory presents it’s own unique challenges to the artist and should be carved with great attention. The material came from the ancient tusk of walrus that was found on the shores of Bering sea by native Alaskans. The base of the carving is made of the bark ivory of wholly mammoth tusk with it’s own unique coloration. It has blue and greenish colors that is quite rare. This material came from Siberia.

This elaborate and unique ivory carving of sabertooth cat is SOLD. If you like I can carve one for you out of fossil walrus or mammoth ivory, size may be different, depending on material available. I can ship anywhere in the world where mammoth ivory is legal.


“Dawn time”

This big and massive figurine depicts a woolly mammoth that roamed the Earth thousands of years ago. The figurine is anatomically precise and shows a lot of detail, such as thin hair, skin folds and toes. The overall quality is extremely high, and the figurine looks awesome. It features huge tusks that were the pride of woolly mammoths.

This piece was hand-carved from a high-grade mammoth ivory. I rarely have pleasure to work with such nice material. It had no cracks at all. The mammoth is situated on a piece of mammoth tusk section, it was a part of the hollow section of the tusk, which adds to the composition.

The figurine itself measures about 4.5 inches long from the tips of the tusks to the farthest foot (or 110 mm) and 4 inches tall (100 mm) including the base.

This mammoth ivory artwork is SOLD. This wonderful piece of art was sold almost instantly. If you like I can carve one for you, size may be different, depending on material available. I will ship anywhere in the world where mammoth ivory is legal.

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Mammoth mama

A good example how something that started as one kind of project ended up becoming something different but even more interesting. It started as another “Walking mammoth” project but one my friend suggested to turn it into a scene. This baby seemed as a good choice and it turned to be a mischievous one, the same way how all babies behave when they simply want to play.

The carving is SOLD now but let me know if you like to commission something like that or something different.

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“The mammoth scene”

This time I’m showing my newest carving that is now completed. It is quite ambitious project that is showing five adults and two baby mammoths. Two adult bull mammoths are fighting and babies and females are watching them. One male calf is getting too “exited” and probably wants to join.
The carving is taking place on piece of bark ivory 15 inches or 381 mm long and 3.25 inches or 83 mm wide. It has the base made out of another piece of bark ivory. Each mammoth is carved in great detail, even their hair. You can see how animals appear almost free-standing. The background is carved too with many bushes.

This piece of ivory is pretty unique because of it’s coloration. As yo can see, it has darker front and background. It is not artificial, it is how mineralization occurred over the thousands of years. This why I can carve white part and use dark sides for front and background. I love when I can get pieces like that, they are looking so beautiful when carved.

The mammoth tusk carving is sold.
Thank you Steve for such kind words:”
….I really like you piece it is the best of our collection. Steve S…..”


Sabertooth cat family

Just a family of sabertooth cats with mother in the middle tending her young. I made this carving using a single cross-cut section of mammoth tusk. The ivory was well preserved in permafrost and stabilized. All the cracks have been treated and some of them are well incorporated into the carving. Mammoth ivory is a perfect material for very detailed projects such as this one. The carving is 5 inches wide and 4.5 inches tall.
This picture is temporal, I will put more pictures soon that will present this work of art in greater detail.

This elaborate and unique masterpiece is SOLD.


Small figurine of woolly mammoth

This small figurine depicts a male woolly mammoth that roamed the Earth thousands of years ago. The figurine is anatomically precise and shows a lot of detail, such as thin hair, skin folds and toes. The overall quality is extremely high, and the figurine looks awesome. It features huge tusks that were the pride of woolly mammoths.

This piece was hand-carved from a high-grade mammoth ivory. The mammoth is situated on a piece of mammoth tusk bark, which adds to the composition. The figurine itself measures 2-1/4 inches long from the tips of the tusks to the farthest foot and 1-7/8 inches tall including the base.

This mammoth ivory carving is Sold


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This mammoth ivory carving is showing a moment of life of mammoth family. One mammoth is calming her calf while the other mammoth is trying to chase the sabertooth cat away.
For this work I used an outer section of mammoth tusk 6-3/4″ (171mm) tall, 3″ (76mm) wide and 7/8″ (23mm) thick on the thickest. Mammoth ivory is very wonderful material to carve and I tried to go as deep as I can and have this carving in very detail. Each of the characters is carved so deep, it is almost free-standing. In the same moment, I tried to preserve an authentic looks of the mammoth tusk.
Base is made out of aromatic cedar and included.

This ivory carving is SOLD, but I always work on something similar.


Mammoth Migration

This composition features 7 mammoths, which includes two calves. It is an example of relief carving, showing a flat representation of three-dimensional objects on a panel. An observer may enjoy how the smooth shapes of mammoths are enclosed within the scenery of their habitat. The panel is about 1/4 to 3/8 inch thick, and it is enough thickness to show mammoths in great detail. You may see how the trunks of the mother and the calf tangle. It is interesting to look at the panel from different angles and discover more details of the work.

The piece measures about 15 inches high. It is carved from a bark ivory piece that was cleaned, polished and dried. The colors are all natural. By looking close at the details, one may notice how the texture and color of ivory changes with the depth of the carving. There is a number of cracks that run along the piece, but none of them harms the composition. Instead, they add to the authenticity and age of the ivory.



Walking mammoth

Name:

Walking Mammoth

Material:

Mammoth ivory

Description:

This ivory carving is made of high grade ivory. It’s base is another piece of mammoth ivoryThe carving is 1-3/4″ (45 mm) tall and 2-1/2″ (64mm) long without tusks, 3-1/2 (89mm) long with tusks.

Mammoth with calf

This round section of the mammoth tusk that was used for this carving probably belonged to a juvenile mammoth, maybe slightly older than the calf on the carving, it is about 1-1/2″ in diameter.


Mammoth with light

Name: Mammoth lantern

Material: Outer section of mammoth tusk

Description: This round section of the tusk is not so thick and it gave me an interesting idea; to carve it deep enough so light can go through. Then I put a little light behind and reflector. When light is on, the effect is very beautiful, it gives some extra depth to the carving and every small detail stands out. The light set and the reflector can be easily removed.
The carving is 4.5″ (114mm) tall and 3-3/4″ (95mm) wide plus width of it’s wooden base.

The ivory carving is SOld


Mammoth and Sabertooth

The piece of mammoth ivory, that was used to create this carving, used to be a tip of mammoth tusk or a section of the tip. It definitely was used to chase the predators away. It was my first thought when I saw this piece of material and I wanted to bring it back to action one more time.
The carving is 6″ (150mm) tall and 2-1/4″ (57mm) wide plus width of it’s wooden base.


Welcoming the newcomers

Name:

Welcoming the newcomers

Material:

The outer layer of mammoth tusk that is called bark ivory and it is slightly different than inner ivory. It is much stronger and protects tusk from breaking during animal’s life. It’s current color is determined by minerals that were absorbed while it was in the ground for 10000-40000 years. This particular piece is very unique because of it’s coloration. The tusk split apart as far as several thousand years ago and this piece got “colored” by minerals at front and back leaving layer of white ivory in the middle. It helped to separate images of mammoths from the background. No artificial coloring was applied to this ivory carving.

It may be suggested that many of the cracks started to appear during animal’s life.
Base is made of aromatic cedar. Carving is 14in. (350 mm.) long, 5in. (75 mm tall)

Description:

While male woolly mammoths led solitary life, female mammoths lived in groups where they could provide care and protection for each other and their young. This carving shows episode from life of such “family”. It looks like new female and her baby want to join the group and rest of the mammoths came to look at them.

 


Wholly rhino

Name:

Woolly rhino

Material:

Mammoth bark ivory. Base is made of aromatic cedar. This ivory carving is 6.0 in. (152 mm.) long.

Description:

Ice Age is not only associated with Woolly Mammoths and Sabertooth cats. The other mighty beast living all over Europe and Asia was Woolly Rhinoceros. They appeared about 1 million years ago and only 10,000 years ago become extinct. They were bigger than modern rhinos and virtually had no enemies except humans.


Sabertooth

Name:

Sabertooth cat

Material:

Mammoth bark ivory. Base is made of aromatic cedar. This ivory carving is 6.75 in. (164 mm.) long.

Description:

The outer layer of mammoth tusk is called bark ivory and it is slightly different than inner ivory. It is much stronger and protects tusk from breaking during animal’s life. It’s current color is determined by minerals that were absorbed while it was in the ground for 10000-40000 years. It may be suggested that many of the cracks started to appear during animal’s life.


Images of the Past

Name:

Images of the Past

Material:

Description:

It was made from a round sawed-off piece of a mammoth tusk, which had just enough material to wonder how the mammoth might look like in this ivory carving.


Mammoth King

Name:

Mammoth King

Material:

Mammoth Ivory

Description:

One of the best stylizations of the Great Woolly Mammoth, which roamed the world thousands of years ago. The original idea of this ivory carving belongs to good friend and teacher, Alexander Kornev who designed entire “Ice Age” chess set where similar figurine was the King. This work was done using the highest grade ivory.

The words of the client who commissioned this work:

Dear Mr. Soyfer,…
…… Now, I want thank you myself for allowing me to purchase such a gorgeous work of art from you. It is indeed beautiful and even now I consider myself fortunate to own such a wonderful work. I very much admire such craftsmanship and skill that it takes to do this…..I simply cannot say enough about it.
…….Again, it’s not very often I would be able to thank an artist, almost in person, for creating a work of art for me, but now,
I am pleased to say thank you so very much for doing that magnificent carving for me.
My kindest regards and thanks,
– Dan


Trumpeting Mammoth

Name:

Trumpeting Mammoth

Material:

Piece of bark mammoth ivory


The Great Woolly Mammoth

Name:

The Great Woolly Mammoth

Material:

Mammoth Ivory

Description:

One of the best ivory carvings of the Great Woolly Mammoth, which roamed the world thousands of years ago. The figurine shows fine details for hair, eyes and the trunk. Its large hump and relatively small curved tusks tell us that it is a juvenile boy.


Grown-up Business

Name:

Grown-up Business

Material:

Section of a Mammoth Tusk

Description:

Very sophisticated work with beautiful colors and high detail. This ivory carving is made in Stan’s favorite relief style.
Stan adds: “I really wanted to see how far I can go. And I wanted to use this beautiful piece to the maximum.”


Fighting Mammoths

Name:

Fighting Mammoths

Material:

Mammoth Ivory Bark

Description:

Here is another stylization of mammoths, depicting a fight scene between two adult males. The material shows numerous cracks some of them probably originated when animal was alive used his (he was most likely male) tusks to fight other mammoths. This ivory carving is 13″ by 5″ (appr 320 mm by 124 mm).


Mammoth and Wolf

Name:

Mammoth and Wolf

Material:

Mammoth Ivory Bark (base made of Cedar)

Description:

This ivory carving is showing a scene of opposition between a Woolly Mammoth and a Wolf. Indeed, the competition is unequal – the Ice Age Giant could win over a dozen of wolves. But the scene might have taken place in the real world thousands of years ago.


Who Is Your Daddy?

Name:

Who Is Your Daddy?

Material:

Mammoth Ivory Bark

Description:

We’ll need to ask Stan if this carving depicts a family, or a confused baby that is trying to find his daddy. In any case, this ivory carving has a great quality and detail, with amazing colors of the ivory bark layer. On this chunk, the bark is very thick, and the material allowed to carve a deep relief.


Calfs Play

Name:

Calf’s Play

Material:

One Solid Ivory Piece

Description:

Even the little baby mammoths had impressive tusks, with which they could defend themselves or play as it shown in this ivory carving


Ancient Parchment (Mammoth)

Name:

Ancient Parchment (Mammoth)

Material:

Basswood

Description:

Another great representation of a Woolly Mammoth, with huge tusks and a long trunk. Great decoration.

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